WSET® Level 3 in Sake

The WSET® Level 3 Award in Sake
Who should attend?

The WSET® Level 3 Award in Sake is designed to give a thorough understanding of sake and its commercial importance in the world market. The qualification will assist those who are required to make professional evaluations of sakes with regard to their quality and commercial value. The qualification provides in-depth product knowledge required to underpin job skills and competencies, for example in product selection in the retail and hospitality sectors.

How will you benefit?

Successful candidates will be able to describe the characteristics of the principal sake categories and give information on the key factors influencing style, quality and value. They will consequently be in a position to advise management, to answer customer queries authoritatively, and to make informed selections of sakes in a variety of situations.

Outline programme
  • Main sake ingredients
  • Rice preparation
  • Koji production
  • Fermentation and maturation
  • Categories of sake
  • Other important labelling terms and indicating style
  • Kanji that commonly appear on labels
  • Key ingredients and techniques that influence the style and quality
  • Key commercial and social factors that influence style, quality and price
  • Trade organisations
  • Commercial importance
  • Storage and service
  • Common faults
  • Principles of food and sake pairing
  • Legal, social, health and safety issues
  • Characteristics of the principle categories of sake
To gain the Level 3 qualification candidates will be required to:

Complete a programme of training delivered by a WSET® Level 3 Approved Programme Provider

Unit 1

  • a multiple choice paper of 50 questions
  • a question paper requiring short written answers

Unit 2

  • an internally set and assessed blind tasting of two sakes

(Course material, instruction and WSET® examination in the English language)

The course price includes: – The course material, the sake samples, the Wine and Spirit Education Trust’s examination (recognised in over 70 countries in the world), the instruction and access to our study support site for the duration of the course.

Required prior knowledge for course: – The WSET® Level 1 Award in Sake

Guided learning hours: – It is recommended that a student should allocate a minimum of 28 hours of study in order to prepare successfully for the WSET® Level 3 Award in Sake. The hours will usually be a combination of taught and private study time. It is recommended that the teaching time should be no less than 14 hours

Learning outcomes – at the end of this course, the candidate will be able to:
  • Describe the key characteristics and assess the quality level and production methods used for the principal categories and styles of sake
  • Identify the main ingredient and production techniques that are involved in the production of sake and explain how they influence the style and quality of the sakes that are produced
  • Identify and describe the characteristics of the principal and speciality categories of sake and explain how ingredients, production techniques and commercial factors influence the style, quality and price of these sakes
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the sake trade organisations in Japan and the commercial importance of sake in the Japanese and export markets
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the processes and principles involved in the storage, selection and service of sake

Progression Routes – Upon successful completion of the Level 3 Award in Sake, the candidate may progress to the following qualifications:

WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits: – For individuals seekeing a core understanding of wines, this qualification explores the major grape varieties and important wine regions in which they are grown. You will learn about the styles of wines produced from these grapes as well as key classifications and labelling terminology. A basic overview of the key categories of spirits and liqueurs will also be provided

WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines: – For individuals seeking to delve deeper into the world of wines, this qualification provides detailed understanding of the factors that affect style, quality and price. You will learn how to assess wines accurately and use your understanding to make authoritative recommendations

Our Operations Management Courses:
  • WSET® Level 1 Award in Wine Service
  • Advanced Wine Service Skills
  • Beverage and Wine List Development
  • Performance Analysis for Wine and Beverage Lists
  • Manage Cellar and Beverage Operations